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Wake Forest Demon Deacons Baseball
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
Founded 1891
University Wake Forest University
Head coach Tom Walter (6th season)
Conference ACC
Atlantic Division
Location Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Home stadium Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park
(Capacity: 6,280)
Nickname Demon Deacons
Colors Old Gold and Black[1]
NCAA Tournament champions
College World Series runner-up
College World Series appearances
1949, 1955
NCAA Tournament appearances
1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1977, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2016, 2017
Conference champions
SoCon: 1949
ACC: 1955, 1962, 1963, 1977, 1998, 1999, 2001

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team is the intercollegiate baseball team of Wake Forest University. The program competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). They won the 1955 College World Series. They are coached by Tom Walter.


On October 31, 2007, Wake Forest University bought Ernie Shore Field for $5.5 million, paying that money upfront.[2]

Starting in 2009, home games have been played at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Demon Deacons' former home, Gene Hooks Stadium, was demolished following the university's purchase of Ernie Shore Field, which has since been renamed Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.[3] In early 2016, the Wake Forest ballpark was renamed David F. Couch Ballpark in honoring former Demon Deac baseball player David Couch.


ACC Player of the Year

ACC Player of the Year winners
1977 Kenny Baker Outfielder
1981 Brick Smith First Baseman
1982/83 Bill Merrifield Outfielder
2003 Jamie D'Antona Infielder
2015 Will Craig First Baseman

ACC Coach of the Year

College Baseball Hall of Fame

The College Baseball Hall of Fame is currently operated by the College Baseball Foundation which was founded in early 2006. The museum resides in Lubbock, Texas.

Year Player Position
2010 Charles Teague 2B


National Championships

season Record Head Coach
1955 28--7 Taylor Sanford

ACC Baseball Player of the Year

  • Kenny Baker (1977)
  • Brick Smith (1981)
  • Bill Merrifield (1982,1983)
  • Jamie D'Antona (2003)
  • Will Craig (2015)

ACC Baseball Coach of the Year

  • Marvin Carter (1982)
  • George Greer (2002)

ACC Baseball Tournament MVP

  • John Hendricks (1998)
  • Andrew Riepe (1999)
  • Dave Bush (2001)

Current and former major league players

Source: [4]

Player Development and Draft Success

Over the past few years, Wake Forest and head coach Tom Walter and his coaching staff has developed their players on the field and off as well, where Each of its senior's each year have graduated five consecutive years. In 2017, The Demon Deacons set a school record for two student-athletes selected in top 50 overall players drafted and four in other top seven rounds.

2012 MLB Draft

Six Demon Deacons were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft: OF Mac Williamson by the San Francisco Giants (3rd Round), LHP Tim Cooney by the St. Louis Cardinals (3rd Round), 3B Carlos Lopez by Washington Nationals (12th Round), RHP Brian Holmes by the Houston Astros (13th round), SS Pat Blair by the Houston Astros (24th round), and RHP Michael Dimock also by the Houston Astros.[5]

2016 MLB Draft

Only one Demon Deacon was selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft: 3B Will Craig by the Pittsburgh Pirates (1st round;Pick 22).[6]

2017 MLB Draft

In 2017, Eight Wake Forest Demon Deacons were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft: OF Stuart Fairchild by the Cincinnati Reds (2nd round), 1B Gavin Sheets by the Chicago White Sox (2nd round), RHP Parker Dunshee by the Oakland Athletics (7th round), C Ben Breazeale by the Baltimore Orioles (7th round), RHP Donnie Sellers by the Toronto Blue Jays (11th round), OF Jonathan Pryor by the Washington Nationals (19th round), RHP Connor Johnstone by the Atlanta Braves (21st round), and RHP Griffin Roberts by the Minnesota Twins (29th round) which set a program record and the most in the ACC.[7]

Current MLB Roster

Former Demon Deacons on Current MLB rosters as of July 21, 2017.

Player Position Number Team
Mac Williamson OF 51 San Francisco Giants

Current Minor League Roster

Former Demon Deacons on current Minor League Baseball rosters as of July 21, 2017.

World Series Champions

Player Position Team Number of Championships
Rip Coleman P New York Yankees 1
Vic Sorrell P Detroit Tigers 1
Ray Scarborough P Boston Red Sox 1
Tommy Byrne P New York Yankees 2

Further reading


  1. ^ "Wake Forest Athletic Department Brand Standards". Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Hools Field
  4. ^ Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Wright, Steven (June 7, 2012). "Deacons Make History in 2012 MLB Draft". Www.wakeforestsports.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ Berry, Adam (June 9, 2016). "Pirates select Wake Forest 3B Will Craig". MLB.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Program-record Eight Deacs selected in 2017 MLB Draft". Wakeforestsports.com. June 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 

External links

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